What Are Bone Marrow Transplants?

OUR AMAZING 21ST CENTURY

bmr 3 17 Givat-ShmuelMedical science has made great strides with illnesses that, not too long ago, afforded very little hope for the patient. In some cases, even the ‘man on the street’ has become part of the remedy.   Bone marrow transplants are a case in point. Bone marrow transplants have become the cure for a wide variety of life-threatening diseases ranging from many types of cancer to immunodeficiency syndromes and anemias.

WHAT IS BONE MARROW? Continue reading What Are Bone Marrow Transplants?

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Ezer Mizion and The IDF: A Life-Saving Partnership

pr bmr machine w bags 1489_ne_photo_stories2_e8667In recent years, a bone marrow transplant has been proven to be the cure for a myriad of diseases.  Many forms of cancer including leukemia and lymphoma in addition to other diseases such as sickle cell anemia and SCID are only some of the life-threatening illnesses that have bowed to its power. Like penicillin, a bone marrow transplant can save lives. But unlike penicillin, it cannot simply be purchased at the local pharmacy.

WHY NOT? Continue reading Ezer Mizion and The IDF: A Life-Saving Partnership

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Saving a Life: The See-Saw Remains on Up

DNAEveryone dreams about it. Very few ever have the opportunity. I was one of those very few. True, I didn’t jump into the ocean and save a child from drowning or dash into a burning building to save a baby but I did save a life. A forty-year-old cancer patient had only one chance to survive—a bone marrow transplant. A genetic match is vital for success and I was that genetic match. An Ezer Mizion staff member asked me if I would do it. Would I do it???! How could I not do it?! How could I live the rest of my life knowing that because of a little discomfort, a little inconvenience, a young woman was prevented from living the rest of hers? Continue reading Saving a Life: The See-Saw Remains on Up

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Because of You!

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Summary as of March 2017

31 lifesaving transplants
16 from personalized donor pools
2,432 total transplants
848,029 members in registry

Below are the donor pools that saved lives this month, and their total transplants. Continue reading Because of You!

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Watching the Grandchildren Grow Up…Together: A DNA Success Story

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How does one say ‘Thank You’ for saving a life?!

In her early sixties, Chava was a young grandmother to seven grandchildren. She was looking forward to many milestones in the future until she discovered that her future was very uncertain indeed. Twelve years ago, she had been diagnosed with lymphoma. A self-transplant of stem cells resulted in a cure and the nightmare seemed to be over until several years later the disease returned.  Would there be a cure this time? Only if a transplant can be performed using the stem cells of a genetically matching donor. The procedure was not difficult but finding this mysterious donor whose DNA corresponded to hers seemed to be nothing short of miraculous. He could be any place where Jews of her ethnic group have settled…South America, Canada, US, Australia, Europe. Anywhere. The first step was to contact Ezer Mizion, the largest Jewish registry in the world with its database of over 800,000 potential donors.  And, lo and behold, there he was, right there in Israel. Continue reading Watching the Grandchildren Grow Up…Together: A DNA Success Story

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A Bone Marrow Registry Nightmare: He Said No!

 

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Avigayil continues her profession with cancer a thing of the past

Avigayil has successfully trained many in public speaking as head of TED, a worldwide organization whose website attracts viewers that number into the millions. She is passionate about her profession and believes anyone can speak publicly if he is excited about his topic. One would assume that if Avigayil were to take the podium herself, Public Speaking would be her focus. But she says otherwise. “There is something I am even more enthusiastic about. In fact, if it were not for that subject, I would not be here today. What is it? It’s leukemia.

Continue reading A Bone Marrow Registry Nightmare: He Said No!

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Ezer Mizion’s Linked to Life: The Beeps Keep Coming

Linked to Life: We’re all connected!

We all remember what Purim was like. That special electricity in the air as we rush from house to house sharing treats and Purim joy. In the center of the Avenue, a rabbit dances with a lion to bouncy Purim tunes. On the next block, a miniature Mordechai gleefully rides a pony while being led by “Haman” announcing to the world, “Thus shall be done…” Many of Ezer Mizion’s  Linked to Life volunteers add another dimension to their holiday festivities by granting Purim wishes to people in need. Continue reading Ezer Mizion’s Linked to Life: The Beeps Keep Coming

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The Lego Man Fights Cancer with Lego Therapy

 

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Maor Cohen offering his special brand of joy to a child dealing with cancer!

“LEGO-MAN”, MAOR COHEN, TELLS HIS STORY:

Three years ago, when I came to Oranit, Ezer Mizion’s Cancer Support Center, to donate some LEGO sets, they asked me to work with children who have cancer and with children whose parents have cancer. “Wait! Stop! That’s more than I bargained for! All I came for was a one-time donation of LEGO .” I felt overwhelmed. This wasn’t what I had planned on.  But the angels at Ezer Mizion made me see how much more I could do. I was frightened at the thought. After all, the word ‘cancer’ is unmentionable and I’d be not only using the word but diving right in. Lego therapy is what they called it. Something to enable the child to be a child in spite of the raging river of terror that threatens to drown him.

I was hesitant. At the time, my wife and I had been married for some time and still had no children. A friend gave me some great advice: If you want Hashem to give you children, volunteer to take care of His children.  That clinched it. I was still hesitant, still frightened but I began with baby steps, thus launching my career as Lego Man. We have two little girls now. I can never thank my friend enough for his advice.

When I  see those suffering children, I understand their inner turmoil.  I know what it means to be a child with a sick parent.

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Hour of vacation from cancer

Ever since I was 5 years old, my father, may he live and be well, has been a heart patient. Continue reading The Lego Man Fights Cancer with Lego Therapy

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Because of You!

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FEBRUARY 2017 – BMDR ACTIVITY SUMMARY
24 lifesaving transplants
13 from personalized donor pools
2,401 total transplants
846,694 members in registry

bmr 2 17 cBelow are the donor pools that saved lives this month, and their total transplants. Continue reading Because of You!

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The Bas Mitzvah That Almost Wasn’t

pr whats app  Bas Mitzvah cakeIf you’re like most people, your mental wastebasket is filled with great ideas that didn’t happen. You meant to get to it. You really did. But ‘life’ got in the way. Things were busy that month and it fizzled and died. Maybe someone else could have done it but offhand you didn’t know anyone to ask. And so it joined the many other ideas waiting for ‘someday’.

But this one couldn’t wait. It had to be done now. Continue reading The Bas Mitzvah That Almost Wasn’t

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